Lovebirds, rejoice! York Theatre Royal is opening its doors again on 14th February, Valentine’s Day, 2021.
It’s opening with an awesome programme of plays as part of The Love Season, embracing love in all its many forms. The season will be led by the debut tour of Julie Hesmondhalgh’s one-woman sellout play The Greatest Play in the History of the World.
The season will also include the premier of Mugabe, My Dad and Me, one of the productions postponed when the theatre had to close during the pandemic. The one-man show from Tonderai Munyevu charts the rise and fall of one of the most controversial politicians of the 20th century.
Of course, The Love Season will be fully COVID-19 secure. Audiences will be socially-distanced and the theatre’s usual capacity of 750 will be reduced to 345. The venue is See It Safely approved, certifying that the theatre is complying with the latest government and industry COVID-19 guidelines.
Chief Executive Tom Bird said: “The Love Season is designed to remind us that human connection – love, sympathy, kindness, mutual understanding, warmth, equality – is what makes us the wonderful human beings we are. In 2021 we want to celebrate humanity, our own community and a sense of togetherness. We want to do that with words, music, dancing, film and even food! It’s going to be fun and we can’t wait.”
Performer Julie Hesmondhalgh said: “I had a notion, a romantic notion, that my husband, the writer Ian Kershaw, should write a one woman show for me and we could tour it together into our dotage, like travelling troubadours (or something). A couple of Christmasses ago he kept disappearing to the cellar for an hour at a time, wrapping presents maybe, I thought. And then he presented me with this lovely thing.
“A beautiful play, a love story, but a universal one (literally!) about learning in time what matters in the end, about leaving a mark on the world (and maybe beyond) that shows us, the human race, in all its glorious messiness, confusion and joy. It was the best present I ever got. In these dark and confusing times, it offers a bit of love and light as we end this difficult year and enter 2021 with fresh hope.”
Full details of The Love Season will be announced in the New Year. To keep an eye out, visit the York Theatre Royal website.